Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

A. Kerim Kartal

Ph.D. Candidate
Byzantine History, Medieval Greek, Byzantine Ecclesiastical History


Phone:  613-533-2150
Fax:  613-533-6298



Master of Arts in History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (completed in 2013)
Bachelor of Arts in English Language Teaching, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (comp. in 2008)


My fields of interest are late Byzantine political, intellectual, and religious history, as well as Byzantine Greek. Under the supervision of Prof. Nevra Necipoğlu at Boğaziçi University, I translated -from Byzantine Greek to English- the letters of George-Gennadios Scholarios that were sent to the ruling elite in the Peloponnese in the fifteenth century for my M.A. thesis. As a fifth year Ph.D. student, I am presently working under Prof. Richard Greenfield on my dissertation entitled “The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and its Political and Social Relations with the Contemporary World in Late Byzantium, 1261-1453.

Teaching & Research

HIST 390 (Byzantine Society), Queen’s University
GREK 208 (Intermediate Greek), Queen’s University

TF of HIST 122 (Making of the Modern World), Queen’s University
TA of HIST 125 (Evolution of Modern Europe), Queen's University
TA of HIST 243 (The Crusades), Queen's University

TA of GREK 112 (Introductory Greek), Queen's University
TA of HIST 250 (The Middle Ages), Queen's University

TA of HIST 124 (Canada and the World), Queen's University
RA working for Prof. Richard Greenfield, Department of History, Queen's University
TA of HIST 221 (Jews and Arabs in History until 1492), Queen's University

RA in the Project "Byzantine Education", Department of Education, Queen's University
TA of HIST 218 (Byzantium), Queen's University


“Modern Greek Borrowings Back (αντιδάνεια) from Turkish and Arabic,” article co-authored with Prof. Drew Griffith (forthcoming)

Review of The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire, Hussey, J. M., Tarih: Graduate History Journal, no. 2 (2010): 122-125.

Conference Presentations

2017 – Participant in the Medievalists Round Table Discussion, McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, Queen's University.

2016 - "The Patriarchate of Constantinople in Early and Middle Byzantium: The Gradual Politicization of the Centre of the Byzantine Church from its Foundation until 1261" McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, McGill University.

2015 - "Jewish Identity in Byzantium: An Overview" at the Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA.

2015 - "How to Rescue the Eastern-Roman (Byzantine) Empire from Eurocentrism", McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, Queen's University.

2014 - "Evaluation of the Letters of George-Gennadios Scholarios Sent to Members of the Ruling Elite in Fifteenth-Century Peloponnese" at the Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA.

2013 - "Byzantine History in the XIV. Century from a Socio-Political Perspective" in Sismanoglio Megaro, Consulate General of Greece, Istanbul.

Awards & Scholarships

2016 - Byzantine Greek Summer School scholarship by Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
2015 - Graduate Dean’s Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research, Queen's University
2013-2018 - Queen's University Graduate Award
2013-2017 - Queen’s University International Student Award
2012 - Modern Greek Summer School Scholarship by IMXA (Institute of Balkan Studies) in Thessaloniki